Four more acts have been added to the line-up for Sweden’s Rock Festival those acts are VOLBEAT, ERIC SARDINAS, H.E.A.T. and THE CHAIR. Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 3-6, 2009 in Sölvesborg, Sweden with as many as 50 bands have been promised for the 4 day festival. More information about all bands confirmed so far and the festival in general can be found here.
Special four-day tickets are now available until January 31, 2009.
Tickets are on sale at this location.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
HEAVEN AND HELL (UK/USA)
IN FLAMES (S)
DREAM THEATER (USA)
JOHNNY WINTER BAND (USA)
LITA FORD (USA)
URIAH HEEP (UK)
AMON AMARTH (S)
THE OUTLAWS (USA)
THE TUBES (USA)
ERIC SARDINAS (USA)
SEVENTH WONDER (S)
THE CHAIR (USA)
Motley Crue wants the fans to vote for their new single.
The choices are “Chick = Trouble”, and “White Trash Circus”.
U.S. sales of GUNS N’ ROSES’ Chinese Democracy album plummeted in it’s second week of release. The album sold under 57,000 copies, landing at #18, a 78% drop from the previous, first-week sales.
BBC Radio 1 reported that Chinese Democracy dropped out of the Top 10 on the UK Top 40 Album Charts on December 6th. It is currently sitting at #11.
Interscope artists Rev Theory have partnered with online music gaming platform Jam Legend, which has just left private beta and is now open to the public!
Rev Theory’s track “Hell Yeah” will be available at launch, with current single “Light It Up” debuting next week. Both songs come from Rev Theory’s major label debut Light It Up, which hit stores earlier this year.
Jam Legend is a free, browser-based gaming platform that simulates the thrill of rocking out to a sold out crowd, while enabling features never before available in console games such as Rock Band or Guitar Hero. CNet’s Josh Lowensohn called it “just brilliant,” and that experience is now available to players everywhere.
On the road this winter with Hinder for the Jägermeister Music Tour, Rev Theory have been playing to sold-out crowds and, in their off time, reviewing videogames on their bus for IGN.com with their Gamercast video series.
Rev Theory – www.RevTheory.com
Jam Legend – www.JamLegend.com
Check out Rev Theory’s video, “Light It Up” below!
Fender® University announces the highly-anticipated spring session of the program set to take place March 4 8, 2009 in Corona, Calif. Fender University is an exclusive music education program for guitar and bass enthusiasts worldwide. The program offers exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to Fenders manufacturing headquarters and world renowned Fender Custom Shop, in addition to a series of music workshops, hands-on educational experiences, performance opportunities and special guest appearances. Enrollment is limited to 25 guitar and bass scholars worldwide and is open to players of all skill levels and musical styles and offers an exciting and unique opportunity to share in the legacy of Fender through a hands-on, direct experience with Fender products and people. Registration for the spring session is open now and closes Feb. 4, 2009. More information and program registration is available through the program website at http://www. fender. com/university/
The Fashion Bombs have posted the following at their website:
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Armed with a slew of tour dates for 2009, Black Tide are primed to continue to light up crowds across the globe in support of their Interscope Records debut album “Light From Above.” The band will be part of the Kerrang! Relentless Energy Drink Tour kicking off January 13th in Belfast, then will join Escape The Fate beginning February 5th in Pomona, CA and will play their first Vans Warped Tour this summer.
From their mainstage stints on OZZfest 2007 and the inaugural Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Tour 2008 alongside Slipknot and Disturbed, to touring with Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet For My Valentine, Black Tide have become vicious road dogs, chomping at the bit to destroy any stage they can. On stage, the band’s music explodes with a raw vitality.
RollingStone named Black Tide one of the “Best Rookies of 2008” and “Metal’s New Teen Titans,” while Spin labeled them one of “The Next Big Things,” and calling them a “Band To Watch,” Revolver featured Black Tide on the August 2008 cover. Kerrang! declared the band to be the “Best International Newcomer” in 2008. In addition, Black Tide producer Johnny K (Staind, 3 Doors Down) has garnered a 2008 Producer of the Year Grammy nomination for his recent body of work including the band’s album “Light From Above.”
Black Tide is Gabriel Garcia (vocals, lead guitar), Zakk Sandler (bass), Steven Spence (drums) and Austin Diaz (guitar). Crafting infectious no- nonsense heavy metal anthems, the Florida quartet have become an unstoppable road machine. Amps cranked and bus stocked, the band will bring their brand of riotous old school-inspired thrash to audiences stateside and beyond in 2009. Sandler comments, “We love playing live, and we’re going to give it our all, and more, every night.”
The video below is Black Tide performing live at the Mayhem Festival in August. Be sure to catch Black Tide live at one of the dates listed below!
On the Kerrang! Relentless Energy Drink Tour:
1/13 Belfast, UK Mandela Hall
1/14 Dublin, IRE The Academy
1/16 Bristol, UK Carling Bristol Academy
1/17 Cardiff, UK Great Hall
1/18 Southampton, UK Southampton Guildhall
1/20 Oxford, UK Carling Academy Oxford
1/21 Norwich, UK University of East Anglica LCR-Union
1/22 Nottingham, UK Rock City
1/23 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy
1/24 Leeds, UK Carling Academy
1/26 Liverpool, UK Carling Academy Liverpool
1/27 Glasgow, UK Barrowland
1/28 Newcastle, UK Carling Academy Newcastle
1/29 Birmingham, UK Carling Academy Birmingham
1/30 London, UK Carling Academy
On Tour with Escape the Fate:
2/5 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
2/6 Phoenix, AZ Marquee
2/7 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine
2/8 El Paso, TX Chic’s Billiards
2/10 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
2/11 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
2/12 Houston, TX Meridian
2/13 Metaire, LA High Ground
2/15 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
2/16 Orlando, FL Firestone
2/17 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
2/18 Charlotte, NC Amo’s Southend
2/19 Towson, MD Recher Theater
2/20 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
2/21 New York, NY Irving Plaza
2/22 Boston, MA Middle East
2/24 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
2/25 Toronto, ON Opera House
2/27 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
2/28 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot
3/1 Chicago, IL House of Blues
3/3 Milwaukee, WI Rave II
3/4 Minneapolis, MN Station 4
3/6 Denver, CO Cervantes
3/7 Salt Lake City, UT Murray Theatre
3/8 Idaho Falls, ID ICON
3/9 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
3/10 Seattle, WA El Corazon
3/11 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
3/13 Orangevale, CA Boardwalk
3/14 San Francisco, CA Slims
3/15 Bakersfield, CA The Dome
3/17 San Diego, CA House of Blues
3/18 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
Frontiers Records is more than pleased to announce the release of JSS latest release “Beautiful Mess” on February 20th in Europe.
JSS is an Artist who has graced many stages, a hybrid redolent of Soul, Pop, Rock, Blues and R&B influenced by luminaries such as Queen, Prince and Sam Cooke and a man who has proved, across the years that he can deliver all these genres well.
For many years JSS has been known to the world as Jeff Scott Soto. In a career spanning more than twenty years, beginning as the vocalist for guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, leading to frontman for many bands including: Talisman, Soul SirkUS, the legendary Journey and more recently Trans Siberian Orchestra. In 2002 he set out on the long, arduous road of a solo career with the acclaimed album “Prism” and has released two solo albums since then, “Lost In The Translation” and now “Beautiful Mess”.
He came to the notice of many in the industry when he provided the lead vocals for the main character/singer of “Steel Dragon” in the Mark Wahlberg motion picture “Rock Star”. With an audience that comes from Europe, Asia, South America and North America, his appeal is about to be widened even further with this new highly commercial release.
In “Beautiful Mess” JSS blends the influences he grew up loving into one “beautiful mess” indeed; from the rocking soul of “21st Century”, to the sultry “Gin & Tonic Sky” through to the funk of “Bring It Home” and the Beatle-esque “Kick It”, JSS leaves no stone unturned in this release, pleasing fans old & new alike. “Beautiful Mess”, which is co-written & produced by the acclaimed Swedish artist/producer/writer Paulo Mendonça, is a turning point for JSS who recently dubbed by many as the “new hardest working man in show business” and this new album will find him touring the globe once again in the spring 2009.
If you like the bite of Lenny Kravitz, the sultriness of Seal, the smoothness of Sam Cooke & the rawness of the nostalgic 70’s rock ‘n’ soul, all mixed with a contemporary touch of today’s best music, then you need to take a listen to “Beautiful Mess” by JSS.
“Beautiful Mess” European release will include the following tracks:
21st Century; Cry Me A River; Gin & Tonic Sky; Hey; Broken Man; Mountain; Our Song; Eye; Bring It Home; Testify; Wherever You Wanna Go; Kick It; Heart Starts Healing (Bonus Track); Take U Over With Me (Bonus Track). 21st Century and Gin & Tonic Sky (videos – iPod ready versions). In addition to this, a DVD will be added as a special bonus and will include the full quality videos for “21st Century”, “Gin And Tonic Sky”, “Hey”, a specially filmed piano version of “Gin And Tonic Sky” and live footage recorded at the recent JSS exclusive appearance at the Firefest show in Notthingham UK, on October 25th 2008.
Frontiers Records and JSS would finally like to inform that a un-authorized bootleg version of the album has been circulating on the Internet and sold especially on eBay. Fans and distributors can easily spot the difference between the original version and the bootleg because of the different tracklisting. Frontiers and JSS do NOT support such release, are actively working to stop it and look forward to give the fans a PROPER product, which will also specially priced as regular 1CD set notwithstanding the addition of the bonus DVD.
2008 has introduced me to a plethora of new hard rock and metal music. For whatever reason, I have not picked up any Mudvayne releases until now. I recently heard Mudvayne’s new single, “Do What You Do”, and I liked that song well enough to check out their new CD, “The Game”.
Dave Fortman, who produced Mudvayne’s last album, “Lost and Found” returns to helm for “The New Game”. He has also previously worked on albums by Evanescence and more recently “All Hope is Gone” by Slipknot produced this disc. I am familiar with the discs that he has worked on, so I took the plunge, and purchased this CD.
I must admit, with Mudvayne’s image, I expected this to be a disc that was more heavy metal than anything else. Most of the time, “The New Game” is more hard rock than heavy metal, but it does have its heavy moments. When the band slows it down, they remind of Disturbed mixed with a bit of Slipknot. When they crank up the tempo, they nearly fall into that hard core style. Singer Chad Gray, is another one of those singers that can sing in a pure voice, and then change over to hard core like screams. Typically, I can’t stand hard core vocals, but with Gray, I can understand what he is singing, so that is a definite plus. He occasionally reminds of me of ex-Pantera front man, Phil Anselmo, so that is kind of cool.
“Fish Out of Water” is the first song that is half hard core, half hard rock. I didn’t like this song on the first spin, and while I have warmed up to it somewhat, I can still do without this one.
“Do What You Do” is the first single, and was my introduction to the band. I like this song pretty well, and there are more songs in this vein on “The New Game. “Have It Your Way” is one of the songs in the same style. This song has a really cool rhythm and seems tailor made for radio.
I can see the mosh pits breaking out for the title track “The New Game”. This is more of a hard core tune which is really not my cup of tea. I do like the heaviness of the song, but as a whole, this isn’t a tune that I can get into.
“Dull Boy” originally appeared on the Mudvayne compilation CD, “By The People, For the People”. Strangely enough, I have heard this on the radio a few times, but I never realized that it was a Mudvayne song. This is another solid tune on this disc.
“Never Enough” has that typical heavy rhythm guitar style of playing that is so common place with today’s rock acts. This reminds me a lot of Corey Taylor’s side project, “Stone Sour”. This is a nother song that will find its way on the radio.
“We The People” closes out “The New Game” with a hard hitting number that will ignite your inner head banger. Each time I play this tune, I like it more and more. This is as good of an album closer as I have heard all year.
After listening to this CD, I read what some long time Mudvayne fans have said about this disc, most of which was not nice. Most have not liked Mudvayne’s change of direction in sound. While I can’t comment on the bands’ past work, I liked the majority of the songs on “The New Game”. If you are a casual fan, you ought to give this band a chance, you might like what you hear. The music might not be completely original, but it is definitely worth giving a spin. I believe the more mainstream approach on “The New Game” will mak this Mudvayne’s most successful album to date.
You can preview songs off of the “The New Game” on the Mudvayne myspace page.
- Fish Out Of Water
- Do What You Do
- A New Game
- Have It Your Way
- A Cinderella Story
- The Hate In Me
- Dull Boy
- Same Ol’ (Clean Album Version)
- Never Enough
- We The People
Chad Gray − vocals
Greg Tribbett − guitars, backing vocals
Ryan Martinie − bass
Matthew McDonough − drums
SexTapes front man, Chris Pitman is a member of the legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses. Between playing multiple instruments (for studio recording and live in concert), co-writing and co-producing for the new GNR album, “Chinese Democracy,” he is also a co-writer with front man Axl Rose on the song, “If The World,” in the new Warner Bros. Pictures and Ridley Scott film, Body Of Lies. The interrelated relationship between the two bands means that all in-store SexTapes™ will also be available along with GNR at stores near you.
SexTapes consists of co-writer/founding member Kelly Wheeler on guitars, Marko Fox on bass, Ryan Brown on the drums and co-writer/producer Chris Pitman on lead vocals and guitar synth. The band originated out of sheer perverse amusement with a series of informal jams by Wheeler and Fox in a cluttered garage. There, amid a bewildering array of audio electronics in every conceivable state of condition, promising sonic experiments continued with slated vocalist Pitman’s enthusiastic blessings, even though he was about to embark on a mammoth tour as an integral part of Guns N’ Roses (GNR). In fact, in addition to the GNR tie, the resume of the first three members shows a shared musical history with less than a “six degrees of separation” scenario. You see, prior to Jane’s Addiction, Wheeler had played bass with his then roommate Perry Ferrell in Psi-Com, a regular in the L.A. underground scene in the mid-80s. Afterwards he brought on Karmageddon with drummer Danny Carey, now of Tool notoriety. Pitman, too, had been in various bands with his University of Missouri Conservatory of Music bro, Carey, both in their defiant K.C. days, and later in Zaum (along with Fox), adding synth textures on Tool’s multiplatinum album “Aenima.”
Now, with this debut album two years in the making, SexTapes is ready to rock.
With the addition of Brown, the band moved from a garage into a spacious studio lockout in North Hollywood. There they began cherry-picking from the early demos, keeping in mind their goal of creating an originally addictive record. In 2006, the drum tracks were laid down, with Wheeler and Fox also tracking their parts with Pitman’s production. Finally back from being on the road with Guns N’ Roses, Pitman recorded the lead vocals, afterwards enduring the meticulous process of adding multiple layers and roughly shimmering guitar-synths, which, at times, are reminiscent of his masterful arrangements on Lusk’s “Free Mars.”
Recorded at The Pass Studios in Hollywood where rock legends like Smashing Pumpkins recorded “Zeitgeist” and The Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded “Stadium Arcadium,” the debut album was produced and mixed by Chris Pitman. All songs are written by Kelly Wheeler and Chris Pitman.
SexTapes is future hard rock. The music is a bit psychotic, but with plenty of melody mixing up the punk and psychedelic overtones. SexTapes is unique, so it doesn’t really sound just like any other band, but as a reference, some say SexTapes™ sounds like a cross between Jane’s Addiction, Led Zeppelin and Queen with a modern twist. You be the judge.
Check them out on myspace at this link.
NEW SINGLE “YOU BETTER PRAY” HITS ALTERNATIVE RADIO AND MTV2;
RJA FANS GET FREE DOWNLOAD OF ALBUM TRACK “PEN & PAPER” ON OFFICIAL WEBSITE
SECOND VIRGIN ALBUM LONELY ROAD, RELEASED FEB. 3RD
For Virgin Records platinum-plus rockers THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, a busy holiday season is only getting busier in the two-month run-up to the much-anticipated February 3, 2009 release of the band’s second album, LONELY ROAD.
The band played early Secret Santa to their worldwide fan community by posting the new album track “Pen & Paper” as a free download at the RedJumpsuitAlliance.com website, adding a stream of the song to MySpace.com, and letting viral word of mouth do the rest.
The album’s kick-off single and video, the righteous rocker “You Better Pray,” has already been streamed nearly 350,000 times on the RJA Myspace.com page, as it builds national airplay and climbs the alternative and modern rock radio charts.
Three months’ worth of live dates have now been finalized, including year-end holiday celebrations presented by America’s greatest rock radio stations; a month of headlining dates through the south and Midwest (including a stop in their hometown Jacksonville, Florida); and a series of gigs in Southeast Asia and Australia.
On Monday, December 15th, the final MTV2: UNLEASHED All-Day Premiere of 2008 will be “You Better Pray.” The video will run on MTV2’s online homepage and on MTV2’s cablecast throughout the day, at the top of each video hour and in front of the channel’s regular programming. Promo spots will feature teaser footage from the song’s video clip for a week prior to premiere day.
THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS recorded LONELY ROAD, at the Valley Village, CA, studio of super-producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Hoobastank, P.O.D., Less Than Jake, Daughtry, Seether, All-American Rejects). The album follows up DON’T YOU FAKE IT, the band’s breakthrough debut, which charted for 62 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200, scanning over a million copies in the U.S. to date, and selling more than 2.1 million copies of its singles.
Consisting of lead singer Ronnie Winter, guitarist/pianist/singer Duke Kitchens, bass/singer Joey Westwood and drummer/singer Jon Wilkes, RJA’s extraordinary address of domestic violence in their first single, “Face Down,” signaled the close relationship the band would keep with their fans as they grew from local sensations to platinum international hit-makers. “Everybody loves the band ‘cause they know we are real and not contrived, and know the trailer that we started jamming in when we were 15 years old,” Ronnie Winter told a CrusherMagazine.com interviewer during his brief downtime at home in Florida, just following completion of the new album. “The cops had to come shut us down. I still talk to those cops when I see them on the streets. It’s one whole long story that has taken eight or nine years, so our community has been with us the whole time.
Accordingly, since the release of DON’T YOU FAKE IT, RJA has also been an active force for a wide array of charitable organizations and social causes, including teen suicide prevention (including co-headlining the US Take Action Tour with My Chemical Romance and Rise Against), mental health parity and a strong commitment to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, teaming up with their label Virgin Records, to raise funds.
In addition, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Guardian Angel Foundation has been formed as an umbrella group to support under-funded high school band programs, to promote and enhance student musical development; support individuals affected by domestic violence, to break the cycle of abuse; and contribute to research that focuses on management of acute hyperglycemia in hospitalized patients. “We’ve honestly always felt blessed, and the best way to give back is to…give back! Don’t talk about it. Just do it. So our motto of, ‘Doing good for no good reason’ will always apply to this specific band, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus,” Winter said.
THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS ON TOUR, WINTER 2008-2009
12/10/2008 Richmond, VA The National WDYC Snow Ball
12/13/2008 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
12/14/2008 Detroit, MI The Fillmore The Night 89X Stole Christmas
12/16/2008 Portland, ME The Station
12/19/2008 Dothan, AL Dothan Arena
Jingle Bell Rock 2008
01/09/2009 Tallahassee, FL Floyd’s Music Store
01/10/2009 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
01/12/2009 Tulsa, OK The Marquee
01/13/2009 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
01/15/2009 Des Moines, IA People’s
01/16/2009 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club
01/17/2009 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
01/21/2009 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theatre
01/23/2009 Toledo, OH The Omni
01/24/2009 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
01/25/2009 Millvale, PA Mr. Small’s Theater
01/30/2009 Jacksonville, NC Hooligans
01/31/2009 Fayetteville, NC Jester’s Pub
02/03/2009 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
02/04/2009 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre
02/06/2009 Spring,TX Java Jazz
02/07/2009 Dallas,TX The Pontiac Garage
02/21/2009 Brisbane, AU RNA Showgrounds
02/22/2009 Sydney, AU Sydney Entertainment Center
02/27/2009 Melbourne, AU Melbourne Showgrounds
02/28/2009 Adelaide, AU Bonython Park
03/02/2009 Perth, AU Steel Blue Oval
03/05/2009 Manila, PH Alabang Town Center
03/06/2009 Manila, PH Greenbelt
03/07/2009 Manila, PH Glorietta Mall
03/08/2009 Manila, PH Trinoma